The Top Things to See And Do with Kids in Granada

Hector Garcia, flickr
Hector Garcia, flickr
Mark Nayler

There is no shortage of things to see and do with young children in Granada, not least because family-friendly activities are so integral to Spanish family life. The city’s attractions for kids are both fun and educational, including an interactive science park (great for adults too), a night-time visit to the magnificent Alhambra fort and a historic city centre, the perfect playground for energetic youngsters.

Alhambra at Night

For an exciting twist on the Alhambra that might appeal more to kids than going in the day, visit just before sunset. This great Moorish fort takes on a different character at night – slightly eerie in places, it becomes easier to imagine its original occupants, silently moving among the rooms and corridors almost one thousand years ago. Best to arrive just before it gets dark, as catching the sun set over Albaicin, framed by the Nasrid palace’s delicate arched windows, is a spectacle that won’t fail to move adults or children of any age.

Visiting the Alhambra at night is a special experience for both adults and children; chantrybee, flickr

Family-Friendly Restaurants

Visitors from the UK will find the Spanish attitude to children in restaurants refreshingly inclusive. Nowhere here will you see specific sections in bars and restaurants cordoned off and labelled, ‘Family Area’. In Granada, children of any age are enthusiastically welcomed into bars and restaurants, at any time of the day, and looked after exceptionally well, with dietary requirements and smaller dishes happily provided. It’s not unusual to see babies parked in their prams in bars after midnight as their parents enjoy catching up nearby with friends. Whilst you might disagree with this, it’s a sign of the acceptance of young children in Andalucia, that will make your visit family friendly.

Many of Granada´s family-friendly restaurants serve delicious cured hams, Adam Jones, flickr

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